As in the dictionary, the plural form of criticism is criticisms, but I'm confused by these examples :

he received a lot of criticism

it has attracted criticism

Can criticism also be used for the plural form?


Criticism can be used both as a countable and uncountable noun. This is mentioned in its Wiktionary entry, for example.

In this sentence:

he received a lot of criticism

It's not that "criticism" is plural here, but rather it's being used as an uncountable noun. Much like saying "He received a lot of love and money" (you don't say *loves or *monies in this context)

For contrast, here's an example of criticisms being used as a countable noun:

There were several criticisms he took to heart.

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  • Thanks, your answer's good enough for me, but in my opinion, your example of love and money is not very approriate because they're uncountable nouns and are only used in the singular tense – f855a864 Aug 8 '14 at 3:57
  • But that's why I used them. As examples of other uncountable nouns. "Criticism" is also being used like that in that example. – Qubei Aug 8 '14 at 4:00
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    @f855a864 Both lots of and a lot of can be used before uncountable and (plural) countable nouns. For example, I believe you must've heard this one before, "We have a lot of work to do". The word work there is uncountable. -- a lot of water, a lot of time, a lot of pain, a lot of money, etc. are all grammatical. – Damkerng T. Aug 8 '14 at 4:30

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